Wednesday night 21-year-old Dylann Storm Roof entered the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina, around 8 pm, sat with a group of congregants in bible study for almost an hour, and then shot and killed 9 of them, reloading multiple times. Roof is white and all the victims were black and the church is one of a long and great history. Some of the media and several politicians have tried to frame Roof’s actions as that of someone who is “mentally troubled” or “attacking religion” or surprising because he was such a quiet kid, but his reasoning was clear:
Roof, 21, had complained that “blacks were taking over the world” and that “someone needed to do something about it for the white race,” according to a friend who alerted the FBI. He was arrested with his gun after an all-night manhunt, authorities said.
This is not an attack on religion or senseless violence. This is terrorism committed by a white supremacist. Team Blackness sat down for a long and emotional conversation to try to make sense of what it all means.